Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD)

The annual Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD) seminar series covers a range of topics that are of interest to trainees including abstract writing, job search skills, poster presentation skills, and career opportunities.

GPPD topics are organized by core competencies that are nationally recognized in graduate education. We continue to consult with faculty and students to develop additional GPPD seminars to align with programmatic and student needs.


To assist students and postdoctoral scholars in tracking and sharing their skills acquisition, the Graduate School has instituted micro-credentialing, wherein GPPD seminar attendees earn credentials or digital "badges" for the knowledge and skills they acquire from the GPPD series and related activities. Micro-credentials are shareable on personal LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Mozilla Backpack pages to show off skills that are highly desired by employers but may not be apparent from a transcript or diploma. Learn more about micro-credentials.

There will be photographer available after the session to take photographs of any attendee for her/his LinkedIn profile, free of charge.

Recordings of past events are available in the GPPD Archive.

Upcoming GPPD seminars

2017-2018 Schedule

Landing a career with LinkedIn

building an online network badgeJune 2018 - TBD
Schaap Hall, next to Chemistry Building, Main Campus

According to a recent study by Jobvite, more than 90% of recruiters use social media as a part of the talent acquisition process, and 87% of the respondents are using LinkedIn. These staggering statistics imply a necessity for job seekers to have not only an active profile on LinkedIn, but one that stands out from the millions of users seeking the same jobs. In this seminar, participants will learn from career expert and social media professional, Jay Johnson, how to leverage the power of the online networking tool LinkedIn to identify, apply, and land the job of their dreams. The seminar will explore advanced methods of searching and identifying prospective career opportunities, connecting and engaging with key personnel and influencers, and building a profile that will get you noticed. This is a seminar you won't want to miss; your career could depend on it.

This event is co-sponsored by the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program.

Register online

GPPD archive

View past events, download presentation materials and listen to recorded audio.

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